David Dickinson, 80, is a well known face on our screens, known for presenting a number of TV antiques programmes.
David is perhaps most familiar for his work on daytime show Bargain Hunt, which he presented from 2000 to 2004.
Today, David has his own TV show, Dickinson’s Real Deal, which he has hosted since 2006.
Outside of his antiques expertise, David has had quite an interesting life off camera with a number of ups and downs.
Appearing on an episode of BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are in 2011, David delved into his colourful past.
David was adopted as a baby to Jim and Joyce Dickinson who lived in a working class street in Cheadle Heath, Stockport.
Although David didn’t discover he was adopted until he was 12, he told the BBC he always felt “different from the other kids”.
David discovered that his birth mother was an Armenian woman who lived locally called Jenny Gulessarian.
Joyce, David’s adoptive mother, was Jenny’s hairdresser and the pair knew each other well.
Jenny felt as though she had no choice but to give David up for adoption as her lover was a married man and her father had extremely strict values.
David never had the opportunity to meet his biological mother as an adult, although he reportedly corresponded with her in later life.
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Another little known fact about the 80-year-old is that David spent some time in prison before making a move to the world of show business.
David served three years of a four-year prison sentence for fraud at just 19 years old. He served the majority of his time in Strangeways prison in Manchester.
David told The Mirror : “I hated every moment but I knew I had to get through. I vowed I would never do anything to put myself back in this position.
“I had brought shame on my family, I’d been a cocky young thing.”
David said that the only way he survived was to take his sentence “on the chin”.
Dickinson’s Biggest and Best Deals is on ITV today (September 26) at 4.30pm.
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